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Overseas Council Institute for Excellence

Multiplying the Laborers for the Harvest: Embracing Diversity in Theological Education

The church in Africa has been described as a mile wide and an inch deep. Undoubtedly, the growth of the church is fast-paced, but this has often come at the expense of deep personal roots in the faith and the Bible . We can attribute this to the fact that we do not have enough shepherds for the sheep – as Jesus said: “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few” (Matthew 9:37). How are seminaries reacting to this situation? Traditionally, they have addressed this like a bird trying to fly with one wing. But for theological education to build the kingdom of God and support the church in its endeavours, it must utilize both wings to fly. How can institutions become more mindful of the needs of women (the other wing) as they engage in theological education leadership?

Upon presentation and discussion of survey data relating to female faculty in TE in Africa, we will consider the benefits and challenges of diversity at theological institutions, both in leadership and in the classroom. Likewise, we will reflect on the role of policies, practices, and guidelines related to female faculty at theological institutions. At the Institute for Excellence in 2024, we seek to facilitate a conversation that will help us move and aim toward the acknowledgment and full utilization of the potential of female faculty at our seminaries.

 

***This event is by invitation only through Overseas Council International and is for schools in Africa and the Middle East***